I remember THIS DAY like it was yesterday.

My older son had been yearning for a sibling and when we brought home his little brother from the hospital, he couldn’t get enough of him. 

Thirteen years later, their relationship has blossomed. While not always “smooth”, they have a mutual respect and love for one another which is beyond words. 

As they become young adults, there are some lessons and advice that I’d like them to know regarding their food allergies. 

Here is my list of 25 things I’d like my sons, who happen to have food allergies, to know.


  1. Food allergies don’t define you

  2. Always read labels

  3. Don’t let your food allergies hold you back from anything

  4. Always have your medicine

  5. Be prepared

  6. Not everyone will understand your food allergies

  7. True friends will understand your food allergies

  8. Self-advocate

  9. Treat at the first signs of a reaction

  10. You are not defective

  11. Know how to cook for yourself

  12. Be grateful for what you have

  13. Be grateful for what you don’t have

  14. Teach your friends about your food allergies

  15. Be responsible

  16. Be safe

  17. Hurting people hurt

  18. Forgive others

  19. Your choices have consequences

  20. Look for the good in the situation

  21. Be careful

  22. Happiness is a choice

  23. Be proactive

  24. Everyone is dealing with something

  25. I love you more than you will ever know


What do you want your children to know? Share it with us in the comments below.


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  1. Jyoti

    I want my children to know it’s okay to advocate for themselves. They have to ask for accommodations and if they don’t ask they won’t know if someone can accommodate them or not. Also to trust their gut & if someone assures them a food is safe they must still check labels & ask questions.

    1. Donna DeCosta Listing Owner

      Thanks Jyoti. Yes advocating for themselves and reading labels are so important. Have your children had the opportunity to ask or do they seeing you modeling the behavior?